Latex Mattress FAQ

Why does Teros only sell natural latex mattresses?

We want to offer Tasmanians a better way to get a great sleep – free of the fumes from flame retardants, glues, foams and other petro-chemicals found in other mattresses. As well as environmental benefits, we believe a Natural Bedding Company latex mattress is better that inner spring because: it provides consistent support and will not pack down; has a much longer life (10-25 years) and latex will retain its shape for its lifetime.

Where does the latex come from?

Latex is derived from the tree sap in the rubber tree. The latex in our mattresses is from Sri Lanka.

Is it treated with any chemicals?

No, the manufacturer does not expose any of the latex to toxic chemicals or non-natural materials. The tree sap is vulcanised using a very small percentage of organic compounds which are washed out of the mattress before testing and packaging.

Does latex have posture zones?

Yes, our latex is designed with pin-core cushioning and the mattresses have 5 posture zones.

What are posture zones?

Posture zones allow a person’s body to be moulded into the mattress where support is needed. This gives overall body support, particularly in areas such as the hips and shoulders where support is crucial for a good night’s sleep. The posture zones were created to give your lower back support whilst laying on your back and your side.

Is natural latex flame resistant?

Yes, both natural latex and wool are naturally flame resistant and do not need to have flame retarding chemicals added to the mattress.

What process is used to manufacture the latex?

The latex in our mattresses is created using the Dunlop process. Unlike the alternative Talalay process, the latex mixture is not frozen and the density of the latex will have a small change of 2 – 3 kg over the life span (up to 25 years) of the natural latex rubber mattress.

What are the benefits of latex over innerspring mattresses?

Latex’s main selling point is that it won’t pack down for up to 25 years. In comparison, a spring mattress will pack down in about 5 – 8 years, particularly where you are heaviest, making the mattress incredibly uncomfortable and offering very little to no posture support. Most spring mattresses will contain synthetic foam. Our natural latex mattresses do not need foam as they offer enough comfort and support without such an additive.

What is the benefit of having your mattress covered in hemp/organic cotton?

Hemp is an amazing fibre, very strong, very long lasting, softens with each wash, naturally dustmite resistant. But also requires very little water and pesticides to grow. So apart from have a very strong long lasting fibre you are also getting a material that has been grown and processed with no chemicals.

What is the best cot mattress for my new baby?

The Natural Bedding Company offers two types of mattresses suitable for babies. Both have a Rubberised coconut fibre core (Coir) which offers great firm but springy support it allows a great amount of airflow keeping the child cool. Added to the coir is either a layer of wool or cotton. Adding a layer of wool will offer a soft comfort layer, and provides a good temperature regulator. Cotton will keep the child cool all year round but packs down much quicker than wool. Airing the mattress in the sun will rejuvenate the wool and cotton.

What is the best mattress to minimise partner disturbance?

Spring mattresses seem to be the worst for partner disturbance, by using latex for the core of the mattress you will reduce partner disturbance if not eradicate it all together. All of our latex mattress score high in reduction of partner disturbance.

How does Teros price its mattresses?

Our prices are in the middle to lower range of latex mattress production. We believe in providing you with quality products, helpful customer service and proper information. Our mattresses are hand made with love and attention to detail by a father and son team in a small NSW factory. Our mattresses don’t have quilted pillow tops, expensive coverings, foam or springs, which reduce the lifespan of a mattress.

Why do you only have ‘medium-firm’ density latex?

The latex is not as firm as you would expect and we find that by adding other things to it – such as coir or wool – we can either make it softer of firmer. We find the medium density to be the best middle ground latex. We adjust the feel of our mattresses by adding other materials to the latex mattress (such as putting coir in the middle or wrapping wool around the mattress).

What are “fillers” in latex?

Organic fillers are a natural occurrence in the tree sap, containing roughly 93 – 95% polymer (rubber content) the rest is tree minerals and salts. Most latex produced by other companies will contain no inorganic fillers. The most common added (inorganic) fillers are China Clay (Kaolin clay), calcium oxide, or titanium dioxide. Using inorganic fillers destroys the antibacterial properties meaning its presence promotes the growth of fungus and bacteria which encourages dust-mites to move in.

Why doesn't Teros endorse Soy Memory Foam or Bamboo products?

We believe that natural latex is the best mattress material for your health (no chance you'll be breathing in toxic chemicals and your mattress won't slowly start to sag and cause back or neck problems) and great for the environment (all products we use are sustainably managed and made). For more info about why we do not endorse "Soy Memory Foam" or bamboo fabrics, read up on the issues here.

If latex doesn’t grow mould, why do I have to turn my mattress?

Because our mattresses are natural and we haven’t covered our fabrics with toxic anti fungal, and anti bacterial sprays, if moisture gathers at the bottom of the mattress and isn’t rotated and turned, the covering and wool could possibly go mouldy. For this reason, it is important to turn your mattress regularly.

How often will I have to rotate/turn my latex mattress?

This varies with each household depending on factors like the age and dampness of the house, whether there is an existing problem with mould, and how much sun light and air you gets in the bedroom. You may need to turn your mattress as often as once a month or once every three months. We recommend regularly feeling the bottom of your mattress for moisture and rotating it when it feels moist.

How heavy are your mattresses? Are they difficult to rotate/turn?

The weight depends on the type of the mattress and its size and will range from 25kg to 65kg. Keeping in mind that latex is bendy, we recommend folding the bottom part of the mattress up to the top of the bedhead and then flipping the top part out from underneath to achieve a full rotation. This seems to be the easiest method for turning the mattress.

I am chemically sensitive, is latex OK for me?

Because everyone is unique we like to send out samples of our latex so that you can put them in your pillow or your sock and check to see if you have a reaction. If you do then this isn’t the right product for you. To this day Natural Bedding Company still hasn’t seen a customer – including those with chemical sensitivity – that couldn’t use latex. But to be safe, we recommend getting and testing a sample from us before purchasing one of our latex mattresses.

What is coir?

Coir is rubberised coconut fibre. The loose fibre is gathered and piled on top of each other where machines pour huge amounts of very hot raw latex over the fibre. It is then compressed and cut, washed, and packaged. The firmer, more aerated core of coir in some of our mattresses is a fantastic option for firm mattress lovers, children’s mattresses, and cot mattresses.

Can dust mites live in Latex or Coir?

No. Because of the natural properties of the rubber tree both the latex and coir are naturally dust-mite resistant. Dust mites are not supported in these materials.

Can dust mites live in cotton and wool?
Yes dust-mites love cotton, not wool as much but they can still make a home in it. By using mattress protectors or ensuring your mattress has a large latex core you should eliminate the problems of dust-mites. If you have severe allergies, we recommend the latex and hemp mattress which is 100% dust-mite resistant.

What are the benefits of wool or cotton?

Wool is an excellent temperature regulator, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Although wool packs down, it tends to be gradual and springs back a lot quicker than other materials that compress. Cotton is cooler all year round. Cotton starts off soft but does pack down to become quite hard and absorbs more moisture than other similar fibres.

Will the wool in the mattress settle down?

Unfortunately wool does settle down over time. The more wool you have the worse the impact of the settling down will have.

What is the lifespan of my mattress?

Anywhere from 5 years (cotton or wool futons, inner springs, foam, latex with added fillers, synthetic latex) to 25 years (pure 100% natural latex with no foam or springs). All of our latex mattresses have a 10 year guarantee while other mattresses have a 5 year guarantee.

What is the lifespan of a pillow?

It’s good to change your pillow every 2 – 5 years. However, if your pillow is still working for you then you can use it longer than this guideline. It may be a good idea to put it in the sun every now and again to kill germs and dust mites.

What is the difference between dust mites and bed bugs?

Dust is created by microscopic dust-mites eating dead skin cells, hair cells, from your body that have made their way into your mattress, they then poo this out – that’s what dust is. Dust can trigger allergies, including, asthma and other breathing and skin allergies. Bedbugs (or bed bugs) are small nocturnal insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm blooded hosts to live. They are drawn to areas of great warmth and carbon dioxide. It is common to have an infestation if the house keeping is poor and there is a lot of clutter. If you have found an infestation or think you have bed bugs, call a licensed exterminator and they can sort out the problem.

How do you get rid of dust mites?

It’s virtually impossible. By using products that are dust-mite resistant you will reduce the amount of dust-mites in the house. Latex, Silk, Bamboo, & Hemp are all naturally dust-mite resistant. Some customers have suggested lavender. If the problem persists contact a dust-mite specialist.

How do you get rid of bed bugs?

Do not try to get rid of them yourself. You don’t want to be sleeping on toxic chemicals. Leave it to the professionals. Bed Bugs are clumsy, so if you move your mattress they will probably fall off and spread throughout your house. You can put tins with cooking oil under the legs of the bed as this will make the legs slippery and they won’t be able to climb up them.

How do you get bed bugs?

Bed bugs don’t just hide in beds they hide in the seams of clothing and if you rub up against someone who is (unknowingly) carrying them they will transfer to your clothes and when you walk in your door you have brought them home. They may possibly be in the house already but lying dormant, and when there is a huge disturbance (like renovations) they may be brought up to the surface. They like dark corners and crevices.

How long will it take to receive my mattress?

It will take approximately 10 – 20 working days for your order to be hand-made and freighted to Tasmania.